25 October, 2011

23 October, 2011

Guess who?

We had another round of company this weekend.
  Although I'm beginning to think that Naphtali, Aidan and Proton should no longer qualify as company.
Truly, they are wanted and welcome any time.

Here's Proton playing with a craft project I tried out the other night: 
an ice votive.

It worked and I can't wait to make more. 
Shhh - Christmas plans.

Here's a picture of coordinated effort - Jordison style.

I pulled up the old floor and did some patching.  Naphtali a talented and hard-working woman did the painting.  
Tim helped with the painting and laid the new floor.

It looks great. I love the floor.
The paint changes color with the day's light shifting from green to gray and back again.

Would you be surprised to learn that there are several other projects in progress?
You'll have to check back to see what's happening.

18 October, 2011

Inquiring minds want to know

Naphtali asks if there are bows all over my house - now that I have learned to make them

The answer to that can be summed up in one word - no.  

But it is time to get busy on certain projects around the house.  This week - no bows -  I did make an afghan.  
 It's hard to think I've been living here less than 2 months.  And with the push to get Kennybrook up and running, a family wedding, several rounds of company, and an extra dog for a couple weeks, 
we've put off getting a start on any big projects.
That time has ended.

So here is a glimpse of how the house does look:

We are in the middle of a remodel.  New floor and paint for this room.  Plus a closet has been removed.  I had things torn apart - though not quite this torn apart -on Friday when my SIL called and asked if we would host a sibling get-together on Saturday - if she could get the others to sign on.  
Bien sur, I replied.  Well, I probably said "sure" or something like that, but for a post "bien sur" always sounds so much better
Sign on they did, so about noon on Saturday everything went back to its place.
No point in rearranging until I knew for sure they were coming, n'est-ce pas?
Tim cooked.  They arrived.  And we had a great time.

Sunday meant everything was moved again.  And somewhere in all this Naphtali called to say that she and Aidan might be down this weekend.  Might be.  
As of yesterday afternoon - will be.  
And we'll have a great time.

We - Tim - built our first fire Sunday night.

17 October, 2011

Product Placement

I love this cereal.

13 October, 2011

Last Hurrah

While walking Charlie the other day I noticed some lovely roses at the home of one of our neighbors, which prompted a discourse along these lines - you'll need to add the appropriate inflections to capture the full measure of wonder my thoughts produced -
Charlie!  I have a rose bush, too! We'll have to look when we get home - or something like that.

Guess what?

Three buds.  In various stages of open.  
They are now sitting on the counter and as this one has opened it has scented the air with the classic rose aroma.  The color, too, is classic: deep, velvety red.

In so many of the new hybrids scent has been sacrificed for hardiness, size or whatever.  
Standing here enjoying the full experience of form, color and aroma, I wonder why they ever 
tampered with the complete expression of grace and beauty that can be a rose.

As these will be the last of the season all I can do is plan, now, to take good care of this overlooked treasure.

03 October, 2011

True Story

I have a sad, but true story to pass along today.  
Actually, more like several vignettes.  I went to a wedding over the weekend
- without my camera.  I know, but it gets worse. 
So you'll find no pictures, here, of the happy couple.  Or Leslie looking wonderful in her dress.  
No record of the table settings or bouquets. 
Incomparable weather. 
 I thought of throwing in a picture of my shoes - which are both adorable and comfortable - but I wasn't in the mood for a sop.

Anyway.  The saga continues.  
Not only did I leave home without my camera for this stellar event
 - I left my spanx on the dresser.  I know.  
I had clothes for the dinner Friday night.  For hanging around Saturday morning. 
 Several Weather related  options for the wedding on Saturday afternoon,
 changes if we went out later,
something to drive home Sunday morning - 
but my spanx got left behind.  I know
 Of course I didn't discover this until I was out of the shower on Saturday, starting to get dressed. 
 I emptied my suitcase.
I put everything back and emptied it again,
lifting each item and shaking it to dislodge what was not there.  
How could this happen?!?  Aaargh!!

It is both unfortunate and 
I know everlastingly to my advantage 
that Naphtali suspected Aidan was developing strep throat.  
While my private drama was developing they Tim, Naphtali and Aidan were out in search of a drop-in clinic, 
which they found, and
  which confirmed Naphtali's excellent motherly intuition and 
got the lad started on an antibiotic. 
 In the mean time, Naphtali called me asking if I had heard from Leslie concerning the pew bows - 
bear with me that will be in the next paragraph - and 
I spilled my tale of woe.  "Well, I could pick you up a pair."  They were at Target. 
 Just that easily: another crisis averted.

So, back to the pew bows. 
 Over the years I have been acknowledged as competent, even skilled, I know at a variety of crafts. 
 But one crafting basic has consistently eluded me
 - making bows.  I know.  
So imagine my dismay, on Friday night, when a somewhat harried mother-of-the-groom 
asked if Naphtali and I would be willing to make 60 pew bows. 
I looked her in the eye and said the only thing I could:
"Of course.  No problem.  Glad to help."  I know.
Trusting all the while that my multi-talented daughter 
would be able to pick up the slack created by my two left thumbs. 

We got started Saturday morning at what I considered a leisurely hour and pace for 60 bows when Naphtali confessed 
that bows had never been her strong suit.  I Know! 
 But that revelation was counter balanced by the news that we only had to make 16 bows.  
With all the background noise I had misheard Leslie.  She needed 16 - not 60 - bows!
The bows were finished and made it to the church in time.
It was a lovely ceremony on a perfect, classic fall, October afternoon.
Aidan received the appropriate medical attention.
I was sufficiently cocooned in the new spanx.

You've been very patient  and I hope somewhat amused with this epic tale and here's the payoff:

I learned a new skill:  Bows are no longer my bete noir.
I know!  

Today I made this bow.

Who knows what I may make tomorrow!  
I Know!